The table created in the steps above will list the current names of your defined headings and subheadings, along with the current page number of each.But here’s the great part of using this method: you can proceed to edit your document — add or remove headings, add text, change fonts and styles, etc.You can automatically create a Table of Contents by asking Word to look for instances of particular styles, or by using entries that you create manually.
In the screenshots, the text is omitted for simplicity.
In your actual document, you’ll have paragraphs of text between each Chapter and Subheading.
Therefore, the first step to automatically generating a table of contents is to make sure that your document has the appropriate styles applied.
To start off, select your first chapter or heading by highlighting it in your document.
Note that if your Word window is wide enough, you may see the style options listed directly in the toolbar instead of the “Styles” button.
In this case, select the desired heading style directly or click the small downward facing arrow at the bottom of the list to expand all of the styles options.
Make sure the References tab is active so you can see the Table of Contents controls on the left Step 2 Click the “Table of Contents” button and choose one of the available preset styles Step 3 Step 4 Note that the entries generated in the Table of Contents reflect the heading structure in the main document.
They also behave like hyperlinks: Ctrl Click on any of these to jump straight to the relevant page Manually adding or removing items Step 1 Select some text which is not already in the Table of Contents, then click the Add Text button and choose a Level number.
Next, head up to the Word toolbar (or the “Ribbon,” as Microsoft so adorably named it) and, from the Home tab, click the Styles button.